Enschede in History

Historical Events

  • 1862-05-07 Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
  • 1902-01-13 Textile workers strike in Enschede, Netherlands (until 1st June)
  • 1910-06-01 Sportclub Enschede soccer club forms in Enschede, Netherlands; merge with Enschedese Boys to form FC Twente in 1965
  • 1923-10-29 Textile strike against lower wages begins in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1943-10-10 US bombers accidentally strike Enschede, Netherlands, causing 151 deaths
  • 1944-02-22 World War II: US Army Air Forces accidentally bomb Dutch town of Nijmegen, around 800 civilians die
  • 1945-04-01 World War II: Canadian troops free the Dutch cities of Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo and Eibergen
  • 1965-07-01 Dutch soccer clubs Sportclub Enschede & Enschedese Boys merge to form FC Twente '65 FC (2009-10 Eredivisie champions)
  • 2000-05-13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage
  • 2011-07-07 Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapses, one killed and 14 injured.
  • 2017-08-06 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • 1837-11-09 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer and politician, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1915)
  • 1907-12-12 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1924-04-05 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist and sculptor, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1933-03-06 Heiko Wierenga, Dutch soc-dem mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
  • 1940-04-20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1947-06-30 Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1983-11-08 Remko Pasveer, Dutch footballer, born in Enschede, Netherlands